Elephants are in serious need our help. The annihilation of our elephants in the wild, i.e. poaching, must stop. The inhumane treatment of our elephants in captivity, i.e. elephant abuse, must come to an end. Hence, our Elephant Spoken Here blog was born. Yes, they belong to each of us (thus the term “our elephants”), if we truly care.
Our elephants were not born to live their lives in chains. Elephants were not born to ride tricycles, dance in tutus or, heaven forbid, stand on their heads. And though an adult elephant may be very strong they were not made to toil for hours on end (even elephants are physically incapable of this) holding down a job (the monotony can be unbearable, too). Yet, to this day, far too many pachyderms are employed, as logging elephants, begging street elephants or working as trekking elephants in the elephant tourism industry being forced to carry a gaggle of tourists on their backs.
Elephants were born to be elephants. Their purpose on this planet is multifaceted (our Elephant Spoken Here blog will cover some of these issues) but all roads lead to their role as elephants, living in the wild. Our elephants should not have to constantly live in fear. Fear of humans coming to take their lives in the wild or humans rushing in to capture an innocent baby elephant from behind their mother’s back. (There is also our elephants’ fear of abuse in captivity by cruel humans wielding & striking them with bullhooks.)
While Elephant Spoken Here will cover the serious issues (with compassion, but not without bit of indignation sprinkled in) we will not forget those moments that make us smile; the light-hearted elephant moments of whimsy and fun. And even on occasion an off-topic post will find its way here under the category of “What’s That Got To Do With Elephants?” But our elephants rule, nonetheless. 🙂
Our Elephant Spoken Here blog is meant not only to educate (not to condemn unknowing or thoughtless humans nor to demean or humiliate) but to share our passion for these highly intelligent (some more so than humans), sentient, and sensitive animals. Our elephants are such beautiful souls.
If humans were more like elephants just how much better could this world get? Not much. Just observe our elephants: in their interactions with their own families (elephant herds in the wild); in their emotions (elephants feel & show grief in death); and in their actions & compassionate nature (captive-born elephants & elephants held in captivity for their entire lives have been shown to respond to their keepers with kindness when treated with kindness).
Let us not forget our elephants and our love for them.
Let us take that passion and use it in constructive ways to save our elephants (from extinction).
Our elephants just want to be elephants. Humans have no right to deny them that.
There just cannot be a world without elephants. There just can’t.
Elephant Conservation Rocks!
About Savannah Crisp, Elephant Advocate: Elephant Spoken Here is written by an elephant loving (since childhood), over-educated, free-spirited individual who feels a calling to help further the cause of saving our elephants. Besides elephants she loves writing, reading, traveling, and butter (especially on popcorn & freshly baked bread. 🙂 )
Elephant Spoken Here would like to thank ATOMIC EGG TRANSCRIPTION for their fast, friendly and professional service when transcribing audio & providing other transcription services for this elephant blog.
P.S. About the Category AbZOOlutely Not** or The Controversy of Zoos & Others Keeping Elephants in Captivity (**A disclaimer about this category …elephants in captivity). While there are some Zoos & others that demonstrate exemplary methods of elephant care, unfortunately, they do not represent the “lion’s share”. ) And this category does not include the elephant sanctuary, true/reputable elephant sanctuaries, of course.
header photo (on title page) of baby elephant in custom fitted raincoat: credit: Michael Nichols
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